IN SHORT

Rejoice Traktor Pro fans, finally Native Instruments is releasing what looks like a major update of their Traktor Software. Version 2.11.3.12 has gone into public beta today.

There are a LOT of new features in this version, most notably colored waveforms, colored overview stripes, on-screen beatjump buttons and phase meter when using the CDJ-2000NXS2 in HID mode, HID support for the CDJ-TOUR1, scratch certification for the most recent DJM mixers and finally the possibility to sync iTunes song information.

These are all solid improvements, especially for club DJ’s that prefer to use club gear but still want to play from their Traktor Pro library.

The fact this version is going into public beta, and that Native Instruments is actively looking for feedback and feature request definitely should put worries about the end of Traktor Pro to rest. It doesn’t mean that Traktor Pro 3 is around the corner, but at least it’s being brought up to date to work properly with recent gear.

In case you want to join the beta test team, be sure NOT to do your testing on your main gig laptop, as going into a performance with an early beta of any DJ software is not… a good idea.

Key Features

ADDED Colored waveforms on CDJ-2000nxs2
The CDJ-2000nxs2 now show local moving waveforms. The waveforms
can be displayed in 4 different color schemes following the settings of the
waveforms on the computer screen.

ADDED Colored stripes on CDJ-2000nxs2
The CDJ-2000nxs2 now also show colored overview stripes. Like the local
waveforms, the stripes can be displayed in 4 different color schemes
following the settings of the waveforms on the computer screen.

ADDED CDJ Display BeatJump Buttons
The on-screen touch buttons for triggering 2, 4, 8 beat jumps are now
supported.

ADDED CDJ Display Phase Meter
The on-screen phase meters (both the continuous and the beat-wise
representation) are now supported and allow for visual beat matching.

ADDED Scratch certification for DJM mixers
The following DJM mixers can now be used for DVS and automatically
configures the input and output channels:
DJM-TOUR1
DJM-750
DJM-750 MK2
DJM-450
DJM-250 MK2

ADDED CDJ-TOUR1 HID integration
The Pioneer CDJ-TOUR1 Player is now fully supported as HID control
interface in the same manner as the CDJ-2000nxs2.

ADDED Sync Song info from iTunes
Syncing Song Info from iTunes, more specifically the Artists, Title, Album and Rating for all tracks listed in the iTunes node is now provided by a new context menu entry of the iTunes node, called “Sync Song Info”.

REMOVED Keyboard Shortcuts for Loop Recorder
The key commands for the Loop Recorder have been removed from the
default keyboard shortcuts, because they used the ENTER key, which was
the cause for erratic behavior in context of the Search window.

FIXED “Macintosh HD” not visible on High Sierra
The “Macintosh HD” entry in the Traktor Explorer is now visible on
computers running High Sierra.

FIXED Crash when switching deck assignment
When switching assignment of a display controller (S8, S5, D2) from
decks A/C to decks B/D.

FIXED Startup & Runtime Crashes with Jack Asio 64-bit drivers
This issue is related to the usage of Jack 64-bit drivers. We have resolved
the issue by disabling the Jack drives in Traktor until we better understand
the cause of the problem.

FIXED Crash when switching deck type
Traktor crashes when switching from a not playing Track Deck to a Stem
Deck using the D2 controller.

FIXED Consistency Check can’t be cancelled

FIXED Tree selection lost when connecting USB drive
When connecting or disconnecting a USB drive the currently selected
folder in the Traktor browser tree is no longer lost.

FIXED About missing in Windows Help Menu

Conclusion

The fact this version is going into public beta, and that Native Instruments is actively looking for feedback and feature request definitely should put worries about the end of Traktor Pro to rest. It doesn’t mean that Traktor Pro 3 is around the corner, but at least it’s being brought up to date to work properly with recent gear.

Do you use Traktor Pro? Excited with this new version going into Beta? Tell us about it!